Edition of 8/14/2006

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August, 2006

Why the Present is Perfect | Grilled Pizza

Taste Life Newsletter

E-Newsletter, August 2006

Welcome to TASTE LIFE!! Life is easy and we make it hard. The purpose of this ezine is to empower you to take charge of your health, have more work/life balance to create more time for YOU, and to fully taste the life you love.


5 Things You Can Do In August
Coaching Questions that Could Change Your Life
Tasting Life Real People Examples
Taste Life Balance August Recipe
Reasons Why the Present is Perfect
Chere's Classes
Where is Chere Speaking?


  1. Eat fresh produce and try organic. Click here for a dozen reasons to go organic and a list of foods that contain the most pesticide residues.

  2. Practice “mindfulness,” thinking about only one thing at a time, by playing a game of minature golf.

  3. Search now for a 5K or 10K race or walk in the fall that you can mark on your calendar and get in shape during the month of August. Nothing like a race on your calendar where you don’t want to finish last.

  4. Go to your favorite lake and close your eyes and remember what you enjoyed most when you were a kid and “going to the lake”…live those memories this summer…Is it the picnic on the blanket? A certain food?

  5. Great time to buy a gratitude journal with school supplies in the store…get all ready to begin one after Labor Day. Gratitudes are the memories of your heart.


Do I see my present day for what it lacks or what it has? How can I stop comparing my present to an imagined ideal day and instead see it as perfect?

Click here (then press Send) to sign up for a complimentary 30-minute telephone coaching session — your first step toward a life that's already perfect.


“I have to tell you something—Around New Year's, you sent out a newsletter with the following quote: "A resolution is not a burden, but rather an opportunity to prove that you can achieve anything you desire—if you first conceive it and then truly believe it." I had been wanting to lose a little weight and moreover improve my general health for quite some time, so I decided to buy a treadmill. I have never ONCE in my lifetime kept a resolution, so I posted that quote near my desk at work and also on my mirror in my bedroom. I wrote down the goals I wanted to achieve, and started plugging away. It's about 6 months later, and I've lost nearly 20 pounds and lowered my cholesterol (a main goal). I've had to buy an entirely new wardrobe—but it feels great. I know that it's all about the choices you make—such as the choice to get up early to walk on the treadmill, rather than sleep for another 40 minutes—that make a change like this possible, but your encouraging words and bits of advice were and still are great reminders to keep going."

—Jill, Taste Life Reader

“If you keep on worrying about yesterday or tomorrow,
you may miss your life today!”
Imagine that.



Grilled Pizza

Summer at our home means eating almost every evening meal on our outdoor deck. If you really want a summer treat, try this homemade grilled pizza. You can make the crust ahead of time and the family can add their favorite toppings.

Homemade Pizza Dough
Yields two 12 inch crusts

2 cups bread flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 package quick rise yeast
3/4 cup warm water (120-130 degrees F )
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Vegetable cooking spray
2 tbsp. corn meal

Combine flour, sugar, salt and yeast. Make a well. Combine water and oil. Add to flour mixture. Stir until dough forms a ball. On a lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic—about 10 minutes. (I use my Kitchen Aid Mixer with the dough hook) Place in a large bowl coated with vegetable oil spray to prevent sticking. Place dough in bowl, turning it to cover the entire surface with the oil spray. Cover. Let rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Punch down and divide in half, cover and let rest 10 minutes. (You can freeze any unused dough.)

Roll each portion into a 12-inch circle on lightly floured surface. Place dough on 2 baking sheets with each baking pan sprinkled with one tablespoon cornmeal.

Prepare a charcoal, gas or stovetop grill. Grill should be medium hot. Grilling rack should be 3 or 4 inches from heat source.

Using fingertips, gently lift dough, and set it on the grill. (This is Gary’s job!) When dough puffs and underside stiffens (about 1 minute for gas or charcoal, several minutes for stovetop grill), flip crust with a spatula; move to the coolest part of the grill. Or completely remove from the grill so your kids can add their favorite toppings.

This is one of our favorite toppings besides the usual pepperoni, cheese and onion version.

BBQ Spinach Chicken Pizza

2 cups spinach, torn into bite sized pieces
1/2 cup red onion, thinly sliced
1 grilled chicken breast, sliced thinly
1/2 cup cilantro, stems removed and chopped
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce
4 ounces low fat skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Add toppings. Cover and grill for 5–6 more minutes, depending on your grill temperature and crust thickness. Watch closely to prevent burning. (This means sit by the grill and drink your beer.) Serve on your deck along with warm summertime conversation.


Sedona! YesSS! We finally made it back to Sedona, Arizona, which was recently named the #1 most beautiful place in America by USA Weekend Today. We vacationed in Sedona about 10 years ago. All summer I had anticipated one more great family trip hiking amongst God’s beauty. As you hike, the red rock just seems to bring you closer to your inner wisdom, intuition and spirituality. Sedona is known for having 330 days of sunshine, which I pictured “perfect” for early morning hikes.

Our trip started out “interesting”…sitting on the runway for two hours in 100-degree Minneapolis weather without air conditioning in the plane. After a two hour HOT delay we appreciated the air conditioning despite departing two hours later.

When we planned this summer trip, we didn’t realize that this was monsoon season. We were very surprised by the huge downpour of rain the first night that caused mudslides, a major highway being closed and people trapped in their cars for 4 hours waiting to be rescued. It had not rained in 3 months. We heard, “This is the most rain in over two years.” Great!! I pictured waking up to Sedona sunshine everyday. In reality, I woke up to not knowing if it would be cloudy or sunny and then planning our day. Often the overcast skies gave way to brilliant sunshine – almost too hot for a midday hike. Or the sunshine disappeared and suddenly the skies were overcast with the threat of rain and the more ominous threat of lightning when wanting to hike. One day Gary and I hiked two different trails in “on and off slight drizzle”. The kind of rain you don’t mind being outside and getting a little wet if you are dressed for it. The overcast skies brought with them a cooler temp which allowed us a “bonus” second hike.

Many times we are so attached to our outcome that we fail to appreciate what is happening right now today. I so anticipated the weather being perfect for anything I planned to do on my vacation. With the changing skies and unknown weather we could not depend on the weather and “count” on hiking.

Acknowledging what is happening to you today and being okay with it is such a hard concept. Unless…you recognize that the present is perfect NO MATTER WHAT! As I hiked in the slight drizzle, I kept on repeating to myself, “Chere the present is perfect – the present is perfect.” (Gary is quiet even on a hike!!).

Life is easy, and WE make it hard. Think how easy life could be if you thought your present was perfect. No more worry about what you did or didn’t do or what happened or is about to happen.

The present is perfect because the present is all there is. You can create your future and yes, of course we are affected by our past. But wouldn’t life be delicious if you lived your life in the moment because truly that the “moment” is all you have?

The present is perfect because you can do something about it right NOW! You can CHANGE your present. You can’t change your past and you think you are in control of your future. Life is hard when you carry your past around on your back and try to change your future based on your past.

The present is perfect because that is where you learn your lessons in life IF you are awake enough to notice. We learn more in the moment than we do from yesterday or guessing what we are going to learn tomorrow.

The present is perfect because you tell if you tell yourself so IT is SO! I often tell clients and myself, “change your present change your future.”

Yesterday is gone and tomorrow isn’t here yet. Doesn’t it seem like common sense to live in today? Why don’t we? I wish you a month of blissfully living in the present with passion and purpose so you can enjoy this last month of summer! Smiling as I type…

Chere's Classes

LEARN™ Telephone Weight Loss Class

Just one more margarita this summer…just a few chips…you don’t want to think about your weight or your scale until the fall. You are in luck. The next LEARN™ telephone weight loss class begins in October. Plan now to reserve Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 pm CST Monday, October 2, 2006 – December 18, 2006. Isn’t your health worth $12.00 per class? Click here for class information.

Top Three Secrets to Lose Weight Teleclass

Looking for a jumpstart and can’t wait until October? Register for this free hour teleclass. You will learn your most powerful motivator for YOU to lose weight. You will also learn the #1 tool that you need to succeed for successful long term lifestyle change and weight loss.

Monday, August 28, 2006 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST

Registration is limited to the first 20 people. To register, click here and you will be sent the teleclass phone number. COST: FREE plus the cost of a 50 minute long distance call.

Where is Cherecoach speaking?

August 10, 2006, White Bear Lake School District, School Food Service Department Back to School Workshop, Aahhh….Attitude

August 15, 2006, Medtronic Foundation, KARE 11- NBC – Showcase Minnesota,
Raising Healthy Kids – Healthy Food, Healthy Kids

August 17, 2006, Appleton, Wisconsin, Education for Healthy Kids 3rd Annual Summer Institute, Healthy Self: Your Lifestyle Approach to Your Well Being

August 28, 2006, Top Three Secrets to Lose Weight Teleclass

Audience comments from White Bear Lake School Food Service aaHHH Attitude Workshop:

“Loved your enthusiasm and real life example, and doing the dump”

“Starting today I am going to meet each day as a new start”

“Loved your upbeat attitude and positive ideas”

White Bear Lake School Area
School Food Service Director Judy Johnson, RD

Call Chere to discuss your program needs, as fall programs are being planned now. Programs are cheerfully tailored just for you!

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My passion is to empower you to have an easy life, radiating extraordinary health and well being. Can you feel it? Call today for a 30-minute complimentary coaching session. I guarantee one tip, tool, question or strategy that will make your life easier!!

You only have one life to live
~ imagine if it was one you loved.

Chere Bork, MS RD LN, Life Coach who puts LIFE in your lifestyle!
Owner of Savor Your Life Today Coaching and Seminars